How do I close a window in multi-window mode? I know I can show/hide the Windows supporting multi-window by keeping the Back key pressed/held down. Once I drag an app out of the multi-window and then another one how do I close it.

I am also slightly surprised that only few apps use multi-window.

Can someone please point me to the code needed to implement multi-window in am app?

Also, can I dock the multi-window drawer on other sides of the screen, where a user may find then more convenient (at least being able to choose between a left-docking and a right-docking drawer.

Android KitKat 4.4.2.


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    AFAIK for supporting multi-window you only have to target SDK Level 24 and don't set any 'orientation' on your activities (because an app in multi window mode might have a landscape orientation even if the phone is in portrait mode and vice versa) Aug 6, 2016 at 17:00
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    @ValentinKuhn Nope. Samsung have had it since Jellybean, maybe earlier.
    – Dan Brown
    Aug 6, 2016 at 20:23

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To answer your first question (since the rest are off topic, and the first one is your title question anyway) apps open in multi window can be shut by:

  1. Tap anywhere in the app you want to shut.
  2. Tap the Bar between the two windows (it may have an arrow pointing at that window you tapped, it may not)
  3. Tap the X on the options that come up

BUT BE WARNED! If you opened an app over an app (for example, you opened YouTube, then gmail on top of it) it would switch to that app. Keep repeating the process to close any unneeded apps.

  • Sorry this solution is not working for me. Android 4.4.2 KitKat. I click on a window, then the blue dot that becomes a blue circle, and I can move it, but not close one of the windows. Thanks. Aug 6, 2016 at 20:40
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    Please include a screenshot in your question. Trust me, it will help.
    – Dan Brown
    Aug 6, 2016 at 20:41
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    @JackMaddington Have you tried sliding the dot all the way up/down? Also, I note izzysoft in the top there :)
    – Dan Brown
    Aug 6, 2016 at 22:45
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    @JackMaddington You could possibly screen-record, then take a screenshot of the recorded footage, but you may need root. What device do you have?
    – Dan Brown
    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:10
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    @JackMaddington Just download an app like AZ screen recorder from the play store. Hmmm, I have am S3, and of shows the white bar I mentioned.
    – Dan Brown
    Aug 7, 2016 at 10:24

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